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Last week we gave a rundown of the major tranformation at Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico, where the rooms are now downright swanky and an air of stylishness raises the resort above the usual all-inclusive standards.
As with many of these low-rise resorts spread over many acres, rooms in some buildings don't have a view. If you want to be able to look out at the ocean from your room and not just the public areas, pay up for one in the Cielo building.
The shot here is from the balcony of 3010 at ground level. With these you can walk right out and be in the surf in seconds. Or you can lie back on one of the many shaded beds pictured here. No extra charge for that and soon a waiter will come by proffering cocktails.
The suites have double the space, a whirlpool tub, and a furnished balcony, but all the rooms in the Cielo building come with views of sand, surf, and a distant island in the bay.
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Anyone who stayed at an old-style Club Med will have more than a few bad things to say about it, especially when they get to the part about the tiny rooms with two twin beds that couldn't be pushed together.
Renovations have been rolling across the whole chain however, and last fall the Club Med Ixtapa Pacific in Mexico shut down for months so the place could be completely transformed.
Workers literally took sledgehammers to the concrete walls and the concrete platforms those twin beds were resting upon. Some $20 million later, it's an impressive transformation.